Freight exchange network operator TransCore has introduced what it calls “multi-channel” communications service for truckers. Called TruckersEdge, the system offers voice, fax and Internet communication business management tools designed for the distinct needs of owner operators, small-fleet drivers, and their business partners who supply freight.
TruckersEdge integrates TransCore’s load-planning services, powered by the DAT Services freight-exchange network, with the Viastar fuel and cash-management system, which includes regulatory and driver-compliance services.
Specifically designed for TransCore’s smaller customers, TruckersEdge will complement TransCore Exchange, the company’s Internet freight marketplace ideally suited for medium to large brokers and carriers who want to negotiate freight online. TruckersEdge is available via flat-rate subscriptions, with customers selecting from a menu of services depending on their needs.
TransCore said that, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 81.6% of all registered carriers maintain 20 or fewer trucks, many with drivers who source their own freight. Many small carriers have difficulty accessing the Internet-only business tools currently available, hampering a small carrier's ability to maximize his or her operating efficiency, the company said.
“Carriers’ business needs vary widely depending upon their location and the progress of the haul,” said Marc Cameron, TransCore’s COO. “With TruckersEdge, we’ve solved this problem by providing a voice, truck-stop kiosk and Web-accessible business partner for small fleets and the brokers looking to do business with them.”